Collecting Faber-Castell slide rules, I become more and more interested in their background and technology. Following is a short list of some of the manuals, books, Rechenstab Briefen and catalogues that I collected.

 

Books

 

Title: Rechenstab für den Kaufmann

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 34

Dated: 1966

File: frontpage, TOC, back page (PDF)

A book describing commercial applications of the 57/22, 52/82 and 52/80.

 

 

 

Title: Directions for use of Faber-Castell precision slide rules

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 96

Dated: 1958

File: frontpage, titlepage, TOC, overview of FC assortment (PDF)

Targetted at the US market.

 

 

Title: Directions for use of slide rules

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 104

Dated: 1958

File: frontpage, titlepage, TOC, overview of FC assortment (PDF)

Targetted at the US market. Contents is identical to the previous book, with one chapter added

about the 2/83.

 

 

Title: The slide rule

Author: C.N. Pickworth

Language: English

Pages: 130

Dated: 1942

File: frontpage, titlepage, TOC (PDF)

 

 

Title: Instructions for the use of A.W. Faber's improved calculating rule

Author: C.N. Pickworth

Language: English

Pages: 47+14 large folded drawings

Dated: between 1902-1906

File: frontpage, titlepage, TOC, page 1+2 (PDF)

Describes the use of the earliest FC slide rules. Celluloid facings are described as a recent

 improvement! 

 

 

Title: The Mannheim slide rule

Author: Keuffel & Esser Co.

Language: English

Pages: 50

Dated: 1917

File: frontpage, titlepage, 3 pages with K+E slide rule pictures (PDF)

 

 

Title: Instruction for the use of A.W. Faber-Castell precision calculating rules

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 76

Dated: Most likely in the 30-ies

File: frontpage, titlepage, TOC (PDF)

Describes the use of the 3-series: 360, 361,363,367,378,398,375,376,387,392

Title: Rechenstab Fibel  Das Stabrechnen in der Volksschule

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 16 + demo card

Dated: 1963

File: All pages (PDF)

School book for learning to use the 57/87 and the 57/86

 

Title: Ich leiste mehr

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 72

Dated: Around 1940

File: frontpage, TOC and 2 pages of FC adds (pdf)

A tutorial for learning to use FC slide rules. Including paper models of 1/91, 1/60, 1/87 and 1/22

 

 

 

 

Title: Instruction for the use of A.W. Faber-Castell precision calculating rules

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 74

Dated: Most likely in the 30-ies

File: frontpage only

An earlier version of the previous one.

Describes the use of the 3-series: 360, 361,363,367,378,343,375,376,387

 

 

Catalogues & Commercial documents

 

Title: A.W. Faber Castell Precision Calculating Rules

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 12

Dated: Most likely 1910-1930 period

File: Al 12 pages (PDF)

Describes the 3XX series, as well as separate cursors, flat rulers and pencils.

 

Title: Brochure of Feinmessinstitut Klawun for the a commercial slide rule training

Author: Feinmessinstitut Klawun

Language: German

Pages: 2

Dated: 1936-1937

File:  All  (PDF)

A small brochure for trainings of the Commercial Klawun (Faber-Castell) slide rules. I found it in

 a 1928 Faber-Castell Columbus manual.

Title: Slide rules

Author: A.W. Faber-Castell

Language: English

Pages: 12

Dated: 60-ies

File:  All  (PDF)

A English catalogue describing 19 different slide rules. Most likely from the (early) sixties.

Title: Brochure for the 2/82 Castell-Duplex

Author: Faber Castell

Language: German

Pages: 2

Dated: Most likely 1960's

File:  All  (PDF)

A 2 sided leaflet for the (then) new 2/82 and 62/82.

 

1950-ies promo pack

This is a 6 piece promotional pack that Faber-Castell sent to German schools on January 22, 1954. After discussions with Peter Holland we came to the conclusion that the large red catalogue is not from the fifties, but from the period 1940-1945. (Also the introductionletter refers to the catalogue that was printed "some years ago".)

Title: Introduction letter

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 1

Dated: 22-1-1954

File: 1 page (PDF)

The introduction letter of this promotional mailing

 

Title: Faber-Castell Rechenstab Liste 1/500

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 16

Dated: 1940-1945?

File: Al 16 pages (PDF)

A beautifull catalogue of the Faber-Castell assortment in that time. Including demonstration slide rules, special cursors, display materials etc.

 

 

Title: Inlay in large Faber-Castell catalogue from 1955

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 16

Dated: Early 50-ies

File:  All  (PDF)

A mini catalogue of Faber-Castell slide rules that was an inlay in the previous catalogue

 

 

Title: Rechenstäbe und Zeichengeräte

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 16

Dated: Early 50-ies

File:  Pages 1-5 and back (PDF)

A mini catalogue of Faber-Castell slide rules, rulers and other drafting tools

 

Title: Faber-Castell Preisliste

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 4

Dated: Early 50-ies

File: Al 4 pages (PDF)

A pricelist with the recommended prices (in DM) for all Faber-Castell slide rules als listed in the previous mini catalogue

 

Title: Hätte Archimedes ihn gekannt..."

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 8

Dated: Early 50-ies

File: Al 8 pages (PDF)

A small promotional leaflet for the 57/22 and 57/87. 

Title:

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 2

Dated: Early 50-ies

File: Front & back(PDF)

A response card schools could use to order more information or request a seminar about slide rules.

 

 

Manuals

 

Title: Präzisions-Rechenstab für Kaufleute "Columbus"(System Rohrberg) Anleitung

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 58

Dated: 1928

File: First 5 pages (PDF)e

A manual for the System Columbus slide rules.

 

Rechenstab Briefe

 

Title: Rechenstab Brief no. 4

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 20

Dated: 1962

File: All pages (PDF)

 

 

Title: Rechenstab Brief no. 9

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 20

Dated: 1964

File: All pages (PDF)

 

Title: Rechenstab Brief no. 10

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 20

Dated: 1965

File: All pages (PDF)

 

 

Title: Rechenstab Brief no. 14

Author: Faber-Castell

Language: German

Pages: 26

Dated: 1971

File: All pages (PDF)

 

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